LEADERS Engineers comfortably beat Team BG despite producing their lowest total of the Swan Studley Skittles League season.
Craig Sears made 37, Brandon Kelso 36 (12-stack) and Luke Saunders 36 for Engineers, whilst Team BG’s best were Nina Moore with 36, Chad Baker’s 35 and captain Gail Stringer’s 32.
Lodge Farmers remain second and still with hopes of pipping Engineers to the title after easing to their win over Well Developed.
However, the winners also missed out on maximum points when Well Developed made a good last leg score for a consolation point.
In good form for Lodge Farmers were captain Glyn Morley making 40 (12-stack), Graham Hingley 37 and Patsy Kane 35. Well Developed had Janina Brennan with 35 and Martin Brennan and Margueritte Bayley with 34 each.
Recent adverse results have dropped Maudslay to third place but they still have an outside chance of retaining their championship crown.
Their latest win against Alley Cats, for whom Pete Sollis made 35 (13-stack), Neil Harrison 34 (12-stack) and Anne O’Connor 31, was easy enough although Maudslay too missed out on maximum points.
Alley Cats now lie close to the bottom of the table but have a game or two in hand over the other basement teams and should pull clear of danger.
Another captain scoring well was Maudslay’s Mark Sanseverino with 48 (15-stack), while team-mates Dick Walters chipped in with 36 and Dean Watson 31.
Best possible finishing position for Alcester Nomads would seem to be second and they kept those hopes alive when equalling their highest team score for the season in easily defeating Swingers, who remain bottom of the table after a fourth straight loss.
Swingers, who managed to nick one leg, had Brenda Leake top-scoring with 38 (ten-stack), Larry Hanks making 36 and Margaret Hendy 35. Nomads had good returns from Bob Browning with 38 (12-stack), Gordon Povey 37 (13-stack) and Geoff Loat 36.
Jumbo Jet Set maintained their recent winning run but were grateful their latest opponents Swan could only field nine players.
Swan bowled very well to finish only 23 pins adrift of Jumbos’ ten-man score – a difference most players would score with ease.
For Swan, Scott Frankton scored 40 (11-stack), which is his team’s highest individual score to date, Sally Racki 37 (15-stack) and Bob Haycock 36.
Jumbos’ best came from Rich Johnston and Ray Jones with 37 each and Dan Hill 34.
Results: Engineers 9 (326) Team BG 2 (295); Lodge Farmers 9 (317) Well Developed 2 (297); Maudslay 9 (319) Alley Cats 2 (285); Alcester Nomads 9 (334) Swingers 2 (298); Swan 3 (298 – nine players) Jumbo Jet Set 8 (304 – nine players and 321 – ten players).